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Pupdate

Its been a while since I last provided a Pupdate.  The pups are a year old now (if I haven't said that yet - their birthday was July 6th) and they bring me more joy each and every day.  While they still have a lot of puppy in them, they are starting to behave more like mature, grown up dogs.  I trust them not to have accidents in the house, although I'm still not 100% trusting that they won't eat something they aren't supposed to when I'm not looking.

They have a lot more freedom these days and don't have to be kenneled unless we aren't home, or they get a bit rowdy and are terrorizing my house!  This usually happens when I'm gone and Will is working from home - I come back to rearranged furniture and toys spread across the floor, its quite the disaster!

We have even been letting them sleep in our room at night the past few weeks.  I got them a BIG bed that they just adore and have been sleeping great for us.  Sarge gets confused in the morning sometimes when our bedroom is bright (I need to get some dark curtains to help keep the light out), but we tell him to lay back down and he will!!  Stella stays in bed and waits for us to tell her to get up.

I would never leave water sitting in the kitchen because they make a huge mess every time they drink and require that their faces get wiped so I don't have drool all across the house.  They have now learned that they are to sit by their bowl after drinking until they get their face wiped!  Even after 6 years, Sophie never picked up on this.  I'm quite proud of this accomplishment!

They are happy, loving and so stubborn.  They still feel that they should be rewarded with a treat every time they come to you when they are called.  Depending on what they are doing, they may not even come to you at all.  My calls are second fiddle to any stick or pine cone they come across in the yard!

They love their toys, Stella is particularly fond of a stuffed snake - she's had several of them already, so I stock piled a few :)  She carries her snake around in her mouth, which is rather hilarious to us.  She also loves her ball and will go get it when you ask for it.  Sarge likes anything that he can chew on...he's easy to please, but he rather have a treat then anything else.  I have caught him sniffing my shoes several times, so I think he has a bit of a foot fetish...lol.

Health-wise all is well.  Sarge has a hystiocytoma on his foot, but it seems to be healing.  The vet has been keeping an eye on it so hopefully we won't have to have it surgically removed!  They are still a bit heavy in the weight department so we are feeding them green beans mixed with their food to help them feel full, but not have so many calories.  They are shedding quite a bit still, which drives me insane.  I've added some Omega-3 tablets to their food to help their skin and coat stay healthy.

So for the fun part - pictures!!

Stella with her snake :)
Sarge!
Silly Pups
I have a friend coming to take some pictures of them - we've had to reschedule a few times, but it should happen next week!  I can't wait to share them once they are done!!

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Pupdate

My little bully babies are growing up.  Sarge & Stella turned 6 at the beginning of July and T-Bone turned 8 at the end of July.

We celebrated Sarge & Stella's birthday at home with some special treats from the local pet store.  T-Bone got to be at his favorite place on his birthday (our cabin in WV).  Unfortunately I was a bad dog mom and forgot his birthday hat and treat, but he got extra loving and sang to multiple times.

T-Bone had his bi-annual check up just before his birthday and had a good report.  We are changing his eyedrops due to the formula change in what he was using - it was making his eyes red and itchy. And then, in his ear (not the one that just had surgery) we noticed a tick like thing in one of the folds. He got very irritated with us when we messed with it, so thankfully his appointment was the next day, so I figured I'd let them piss him off.  Turns out, its not a tick.  The vet said it looked just like the mass that he saw in his other ear cana…